Craigavon-based Asian food firm wins £450,000 deal with Musgrave to supply stores

Shera McAloran, Founder of Karri Kitchen and Helen Donaghy, Assistant Trading Manager for Musgrave NI. Pic: Brian Thompson
Emma Deighan

A CRAIGAVON Asian food supplier has signed up to a £450,000 deal with Musgrave NI.

Karri Kitchen, which makes a range of South-East Asian-style meals will now have its products stocked in SuperValu, Centra and Mace Stores across Northern Ireland.

Established in 2018, Karri Kitchen founded by Shera McAloran who combines her Indonesian heritage with locally sourced ingredients to recreate recipes that have been passed through generations of her family.

From humble beginnings as a one-person business operating from a home kitchen, Karri has expanded to employ 25 people at a purpose-built site in Craigavon.

It has also recently been awarded a string of awards for its dishes including Best Poultry Ready Meal in Ireland for its Mango Chicken Curry.

Julie Cherry, Trading Director at Musgrave Northern Ireland said: “As a key part of Musgrave’s ethos, we are always seeking quality local suppliers to work with and we spend £160 million on local food and drink annually.

“We work with more than 3,000 local farmers, partner with over 150 local suppliers and stock over 3,500 local products across our stores.”

She said a range of eight Karri meals will be available in Musgrave stores.

Shera McAloran, Founder of Karri Kitchen said: “Karri Kitchen is the reflection of my Indonesian heritage, my varied experience in the food industry, as well as my great passion for healthy and nutritious food. We use locally sourced ingredients to create delicious, healthy and convenient meals and we’re delighted that consumers across Northern Ireland have embraced the South East Asian flavours. As the company continues to grow, we’re excited to extend our partnership with Musgrave NI as they stock our products in more of their stores across the region.”